A college student with Sh102 Million in her bank account is being pursued by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA).
Between August 4 and August 6, 2021, Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge, a student at Nairobi Technical Training Institute, had funds suspected of being proceeds of crime and money laundering placed into the cooperative Bank account.
The money, which was split into four transactions, was a gift from her Belgian lover, De Mesel Marc, according to the 21-year-old.
He deposited Sh25,803,756 into Co-operative Bank account number 02100705531800 on August 4.
The following day, the man added another Sh26,028,156 to the account before depositing Sh25,242,756 and Sh25,579,356 on August 6.
According to investigators, the account balances were nil, before the deposits were made.
“Preliminary investigations have established the respondent opened the suspect account for the sole purpose of receiving the said funds which she declared the source to be from “my boyfriend” and the purpose as investing inland projects and safaris,” said the agency in an affidavit.
However, a sworn affidavit disclosed to Uzalendo News stated that De Marc stated that the student would use the money as a gift.
“That I hereby admit that the donee will be full and absolute legal owner of the gifted money and even though I hope that she builds financial security for herself and our future children, she will be free to use the said gifted amount as per her own will,” the affidavit read.
According to the agency, they called Felesta on October 18 to explain the large sums of money, but she failed to appear.
Instead, Ndindi and Nadida Advocates sent the agency a letter stating the summons were ambiguous.
The lawyers replied to ARA two days later to inform them that their client had left the country.
The agency now wants Felesta’s accounts frozen to investigate money laundering.